The Obama administration took its first steps into the politically delicate world of church-state relations Thursday, issuing an executive order establishing a new review process to encourage nondiscriminatory hiring practices among religious groups accepting federal money.
Before he crossed over to the social sphere, Tom Tierney was a big deal in corporate America. As CEO of Bain & Co., he helped FORTUNE 500 companies and private-equity clients like Texas Pacific Group build their customer relationships and their profits. He did the same, actually, for his own firm, multiplying Bain's revenues six-fold in seven years. Then, in 1999, Tierney gave up the million-dollar paycheck to do something really good: He co-founded Bridgespan Group, a consulting firm modeled on Bain but customized for non-profit clients.